The following is a Cultic Rite designed for the Lone-Wolf Activist, but which can be adapted for group use. Full details are given in the small print as to what to do during the rite. You will need to get hold of the following before doing the rite –
- A Fire-Bowl – this can be any suitable metal container in which a small fire can be lit.
- Suitable dead wood of a natural form from oak, ash, birch, elm, beech, pine, or whatever suits the purpose of the rite – for the general rite as it is you could use a mixture of these. You will need tinder such as cotton wool, or you can use a mixture of the seeds from the rosebay willow herb, thistle, and very thin pieces of bark taken from a live birch tree. Small twigs should be collected as kindling – birch is great for this, and add strips of birch-bark taken from a dead and decaying tree since these light even in the wet.
- A steel-striker and knife to strike along the steel. The striker is held in the shape of the Nyd-Rune as the fire is kindled.
- A Thor’s Hammer made purposefully for the use of ritual; you can obtain a hammer-head and get hold of an oak handle, carving runes suited to Thunor upon it if you so wish. The main symbols for Thunor are the Thorn-Rune, Sigel-Rune (Lightning-Flash) and the Fylfot.
- An arrow-head or pointed stave which is used to create a Ritual Ring in which the rite is done.
- A Blowing-Horn (You can use a horn-whistle which is simply made if the Blowing-Horn is not available, though these are not too dear to buy.)
- A Mead-Horn or Drinking Vessel.
Mark out the Ritual Ring with the arrow-head or stave; place the fire-bowl in the centre of the circle, this represents the Sun. Stand before the fire-bowl, facing north, and meditate for a couple of minutes on the rite in hand.
THE HORN OF AWAKENING – sound the horn three times.
THE HAMMER RITE – Using the Sign of the Hammer (Fylfot) at each quarter as you chant the following -
“Hammer in the North, hold and hallow this Holy Stead.” (Facing North).
“Hammer in the East, hold and hallow this Holy Stead.” (Facing East).
“Hammer in the South, hold and hallow this Holy Stead.” (Facing South).
“Hammer in the West, hold and hallow this Holy Stead.” (Facing West).
“Hammer and Fylfot hallow this Holy Stead and protect it from all Un-Hael! May the Might and Main of the Hammer of Thunor protect our Folk.”
THE SACRED FIRE –The Sacred Fire is now lit in the fire-bowl; the way to do this is to use a steel-striker bought or made specifically for ritual use. Using this should not be matter-of-fact, but should be done in a specific way. Hold the knife at an angle of around 45 degrees, making a Nyd-Rune shape with the striker; when you strike this will be a Friction-Fire and the shape of the Nyd-Rune enhances the meaning of this part of the rite. (You can of course use a Fire-Bow, if you wish to spend an hour or so trying to light it; unless you are an expert on this the steel-striker is easier.)
“Hael, Holy Fire, sent like Woden’s Ravens as herald of the New Dawn. Kindle the Fire of the Gods! Let brand kindle brand, let flame quicken flame, that our path be lightened in this Age of Darkness. Let the Holy Flame of our Folk bathe Middle-Earth in its Sacred Light.”
THE INVOCATION -“Hael Tiw – The Shining One, the great Sky-Father and Warder of the Heavens! Mighty Tiw, Glory-Father, God of the Eternal Blue Sky, we honour you and give thanks and offerings to you. Tiw – Sky-Father and Lord of the Heavens, may your Eternal Light shine upon Middle-Earth.
“Nerthus, Nerthus, Nerthus – Mother of Earth! Hael to thee, Mother of Man! Be fruitful in the embrace of the Sky-Father. Fill our fields with food for the good of men. Grant us growing gifts. May we not be a failing people and a spring-less autumn. May the corn be all one sheaf, and the grapes be all one vine.”
“Woden – All-Father, One-Eyed Hunter-God, Wolf-God, God of the Cultic Warrior; the Horned One whom we name Herne the Hunter – Hael to thee, Father of the Gods! Wise Wizard, Wanderer, Wolf-Wild Warrior-Leader, Yule-Father and God of Magic. Hari-Woden, God of the Wolf-Wild Warrior, the raider and the plunderer – we honour you.”
THE INVOCATION OF THE LAND –“Ed-el, Ed-el, Ed-el – I invoke the Land of England! I invoke the Land of Ing! Fish-filled waters, shining seas, mountains, meadows, walds and leas, I invoke the Land of England. Let the National Spirit of England, symbolized by the White Dragon, awaken to the call of the Blood. Now, once more, we create the mystical link between the Blood of the English and the Sacred Soil of England.”
THE BLOOD MEMORY –“Miming – the Memory of Ing. Harken to the Memory of the Blood. Far we see into the Well of Memory, and now we hear the Call of the Blood. The Blood-Memory awakens through the Power of the Holy Runes – Ed-el-Ing : Ed-el-Ing : Ed-el-Ing!
THE ANCESTORS –“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers. Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place in the Halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever. Hael the Victorious Dead! Hael the Glorious Dead!”
THE MEAD-HORN – Hallow the Mead-Horn, filled with mead or ale, using the Sign of the Hammer over it (*) as you chant –
“Hallowed be the Holy Mead of Gods and Men. May the Light of the Holy Fylfot be drawn into this Sacred Brew and illuminate the Blood of our Folk. May the Mead of Inspiration ever inspire us to great deeds and greater glory. Waes thus hael!”
The Mead or Ale in the Mead-Horn is now drunk whilst toasts are made to Gods & Ancestors.
THE CLOSING –“May the High Gods hear our Sacred Oath. Ever shall we keep fealty to our Gods and Ancestors. Ever shall we honour and respect our Sacred Land. Ever shall we uphold the mystical link between the Holy Blood of our Folk and the Sacred Land of England. Ever shall we defend our Holy Faith from the forces of our enemies. We swear to avenge wrongs done to our Folk. By Wuldor’s Holy Ring we swear this Sacred Oath.”
The rite is ended here and the Ritual Ring is opened once more. The Sacred Fire can be put in a small fire-bowl or a larger type of brazier could be used which would also act as a means of keeping warm in cold weather. Another adaptation we use is the Fire-Brazier in the centre (Sun) plus a Fire-Bowl at the northern point of the circle (Pole Star). This links our Solar Mythos to the ancient Polar Mythos. We have kept the use of the terms “we” and “our” not only for group use, but also as a phrase which links together the scattered Lone-Wolf Activists within the Woden Folk-Religion.
This Cultic Rite can also be adapted for a longer version of each Wheel of the Year Rite. This is merely a longer and adapted version of the same type of rite. These are, of course, all forms of exoteric rites rather than the more esoteric work which is done in secret.
The Sacred Fire - There is a special way to create a Sacred Fire for your rituals. It is necessary to start a fire using the Need-Fire method, known as Friction-Fire; this is the Sacred Fire given to mankind by the Gods. To do this there are two methods that you can use -
1. Use a Fire-Bow. This method is shown in various "Bushcraft" books by Ray Mears and other famous writers on the subject. It is friction-fire using wood-on-wood, and is an ancient method of kindling the Need-Fire. It is also very long-winded, so if you have an hour or so to spare, use it. If not try the second method.
2. Use a Streel-Striker. This method uses a steel-striker and ritual knife; the knife is struck across the steel at an angle, this creating the Nyd-Rune shape of the blade & striker. Fire is kindled from the friction of steel upon steel. This is a far easier method.
The best kindling to use is cotton wool; this is itself a natural material, and lights extremely well from a steel-striker. But there are other materials you can use for kindling -
Birch bark - use very thin slivers of birch-bark taken from a living birch tree. These are crumbled up to take a spark.
Thistle - in August/September gather the seed-tops of the common thistle plant; this can be used to take a spark, though it does not always burn well.
Old Man's Beard - this again is a good plant to use for kindling fire.
Rosebay Willow Herb - the seed-tops of the plant are used from September onwards; these can also be used throughout the winter, and in the winter months seem to light better.
Hazel Catkins - in the spring when the catkins have turned to seed, gather these and use as a kindling. This also applies to other catkins.
As I stated before, cotton wool is the best material to use, and lights really well; however, you can put together some of each of the other materials and a fire can be kindled from these. Make sure they are collected dry, or dried out for later use. Indeed, it is better to be prepared beforehand by collecting for later use.
There are certain natural materials that can be used for small kindling when the tinder has lighted -
1. Collect dead pine needles. Pine trees grow in dense woodland and the bottom branches and needles soon die off. As they do so they collect on the dead lower branches and can be easily gathered. They dry quickly due to their being sheltered from the elements; the wind dries them quickly. These can be used for the first stage of kindling.
2. In the winter months the dead, hard stems of the stinging-nettle (or any similar dry, hard-stemmed plant) can be gathered and used for the next stage of kindling. Another plant to use is the dead, dry leaves of the fern family, which can even (sometimes when really dry) be used as tinder.
3. Use small fir-twigs, birch-twigs or other small twigs of wood. Also use birch-bark taken from dead birch trees; this burns even when wet and is an excellent fire-starter. Holly leaves contain a substance that fires easily and these can be used to start a fire.
Tip - The Birch Tree is one which is easily damaged in high winds; you will find numerous very small twigs scattered around Birch Woods. These, in many cases, fall and hang in the branches of other trees, and in this state are much drier than those on the ground. Collect these and use for kindling when first starting the fire.
Add larger logs to the fire when it is fully burning. This makes an excellent Sacred Fire. Do not forget that, as you learn and practice the kindling of a Sacred Fire, you are also practicing your own survival skills. One day your life may depend upon your being able to light a fire well.
There is no substitute for constant practice - lighting a fire over and over again is the only way to learn how to do it correctly and easily.